Cheapflights reveals top countries for travel and remote work in 2022

  • South Africa ranked 61st in Global Index of Best Countries for Combining Remote Work and Travel Adventures
  • Portugal comes first in the Index
  • Cheapflights also offers timezone ranking to help users find the best ‘work’ location for their team’s timezone.

As more people embrace flexible work environments and look to their next “job” (that is, a vacation that combines leisure with remote work), travel research site Cheapflights. reveals the best countries in the world for working remotely. , with Portugal at the top of the list.

Cheapflights’ premier Work from Wherever Index is the ultimate source for those looking to build a new office away from home, whether temporarily or for long periods of time. To develop the index, Cheapflights, which is managed by KAYAK, analyzed closely 111 countries and ranked each against 22 factors in six categories – travel costs and accessibility, local prices, health and safety, remote work capabilities, life. social and weather – to reveal the best countries where it is easiest to work from while enjoying a new country.

How is South Africa doing globally and regionally?

South Africa ranked 61st in the global index and is in fifth place among countries in the Middle East and Africa regions. The country ranked very high in the price, travel and social life categories, which is an indicator of the locals’ fluency in English, abundance of activities and places to visit, and culture. In the global competition, it has overtaken such destinations as South Korea, Canada and many others.

Mauritius, which came in fourth place in the world rankings, leads the rankings for the Middle East and Africa. Not surprisingly since the island nation offers great weather, a low crime rate, and a fairly low cost of living in addition to a free remote work visa (also known as a digital nomad visa). These visas are travel authorizations for on-the-go workers and are often relatively easy to obtain. They allow travelers to work independently and remotely during their stay in a country.

Already, Mauritius has proven to be extremely popular with South Africans and recently announced that its borders are again open to the Saffas for travel. The Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are much further behind Mauritius, both of which offer one-year remote work visas and plenty of coworking spaces.

Overview of the world ranking

According to the index, the top 10 countries in the world for combining productive working conditions with opportunities for travel adventures are:

  1. Portugal
  2. Spain
  3. Romania
  4. Maurice
  5. Japan
  6. Malta
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Panama
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Germany

Portugal was ranked as the best country for remote working, with high scores in all categories including good weather, a great abundance of places to go out, a low crime rate and a relatively low cost of living. low. Many Portuguese are fluent in English, an attractive factor for expats, while the country also offers a digital nomad visa.

South Africans Can Find Best “Job” For Their Team’s Time Zone With New Cheapflights Feature

In addition to the ranking, the Cheapflights Work from Wherever Index features a new time zone ranking to help users find time differences for their trip quickly and easily – ideal for those looking to avoid 2 a.m. conference calls. while working abroad. The time zone ranking takes into account the key factors and categories of the Index, but displays them based on your country of origin. . The tool also provides information on the latest travel restrictions and local vaccination rates by country.

“Travel is at the heart of what we do at Cheapflights and KAYAK and it is only natural that we seize the opportunity for people to work from almost anywhere in the world, a trend that we believe is on the rise among travelers in 2022 and beyond. Says Laura Bornet, VP & GM EMEA for KAYAK, which manages Cheapflights.

“The idea behind this tool is to help travelers easily find destinations that respond to this new hybrid way of working, by identifying countries that offer great working conditions while offering amazing things to see and do. do in your spare time.

To view the Work from Wherever Index, including the full rank breakdown, visit

Before planning your trip, be sure to check the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements for each country in the world.

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